Welcome to April’s edition of “A day in the life of a Mum”. This month’s guest mummy blogger is the lovely Catherine Campbell from www.catherinecampbellwrites.com.
Catherine is a first-time Mum to a gorgeous little boy, Monty, born in May 2017, and is passionate about and striving to become a children’s author. Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, Catherine lives with her husband, son and cat named Lizzy (after the Queen). When she isn’t blogging or writing, Catherine runs a video production department in London.
I asked Catherine some questions based on her experiences with motherhood so far. To find out what Catherine loves most about being a Mumma and what her most treasured baby item is, keep reading....
How old is your son?
I have an 11 month old son.
Describe their birth in three words.
Intense, rollercoaster, wonderful.
What is usually the first thing you do when you wake up?
Listen to the baby monitor, which is what usually wakes me, and decifer what noises he's making to decide if he needs me or if I can stay in bed a bit longer.
In a small paragraph, tell me how your average day with your son goes to plan.
- Wake up anytime between 6am and 8am.
- Bath, story time, feed and bed by 7ish.
- Give him some food he can take his time with, banana/pear pieces etc while I do dishes and chores.
- Head out to an activity, swimming, baby group or coffee with the NCT girls, or stay in and entertain him until naptime.
- Spend two hours trying to get him to nap, usually give up and go for a walk until he eventually falls asleep. Or if I've been out he'll be asleep in the car and I sit with him until he wakes up.
- Lunch - baby-led so I can do more chores, usually prep dinner.
- Afternoon activity or walk.
- More attemps to get him to nap.
- Bath, storytime, feed and bed by 7ish.
- He'll wake one to three times during the night. I try to only feed him once but sometimes it's the easiest way to get him back to sleep.
Do you go to many/any parent and baby groups? If so, what types?
I do the rounds of the free ones at my local baby centres and my village has a play group. I pay for swimming because he loves it so much. We have tried baby yoga, hartbeeps and sensory. But I’m near the end of maternity leave and running out of money!
Where’s your favourite place to buy baby clothes?
John Lewis sales or NCT second hand sales. I have picked up a few things from Tesco when I have desperately needed something, only because it's where we do our grocery shop. However, I don't like how their range is all pink and blue.
What is your most treasured item from when your son was a newborn?
A set of tiny vests he had. One had bumble bees on it, one had planes. So cute and small.
What’s the best baby-related item you’ve bought? And why?
A nursing necklace. He started scratching and pinching me whilst feeding, which made me bloody and bruised. The necklace literally saved my skin. Although now he's started slapping me, which is a bit worrying.
If you could pick the best car for your family, what would it be?
No idea about cars. Something not too big as it needs to fit in carpark spaces, with enough room to get the baby out, but big enough to fit the buggy in the boot. I'm pretty happy with our Toyota Auris actually. It's a hybrid so economical and eco friendly, although I probably cancel out any green points by driving up and down the A10 trying to get bubba to sleep.
What do you/have you struggled with most about becoming a Mum?
Accepting the new role of motherhood and the fact that my life has changed beyond all recognition. I'm an older mum, I was 39 when I had Monty, so I've got a pretty good career (Head of Video Production for a shopping telly and retail brand) and pretty used to my independence. I found it difficult when hubby went back to work and his normal life. It feels like nothing has changed too much for him, but for me, it's a completely different world. It took me a long time to accept that.
What is the best thing about being a Mum?
All the love! It's sometimes overwhelming how much I feel for this little person. And when he giggles at me and snuggles in to me, my heart is full.
Describe you as a Mum in three words.
Loving, energetic, patient.
To find out more about Catherine and follow her on her journey through motherhood and book writing, you can find her at any of the below:
A big thank you to Catherine for taking part in this month's blog!
If you’re a mummy blogger and would like to be a part of the “Day in the life of a Mum” monthly blog series, please get in touch.
My idea for this blog series is for it to bring lots of parents together, through tips and advice on the mad world that is parenthood. As well as gain an insight into the hectic lives of other mummies and daddies. You’ll soon learn that you’re not alone on this crazy rollercoaster ride!